Osaka’s population is third place after Tokyo, Kanagawa. The area is second smallest prefecture. Before to the construction of Kansai International Airport, Osaka was the smallest prefecture in Japan. The artificial island on which the airport was built added enough area to make it slightly larger than Kagawa Prefecture.
The west is open to Osaka Bay. The Yodo and Yamato Rivers flow through the prefecture.
There is big difference culture between Tokyo and Osaka, about food culture, dialect.
There are many electrical, chemical, pharmaceutical, heavy industry, food, and housing companies in Osaka Prefecture.
Many companies set headquarter in Osaka, Panasonic, Sharp, Nissin Foods Holdings, Ezaki Glico Company, Toray, Itochu Corporation and so on. Osaka is well-known as the capital of food. You should go Doton-bori for eating.
There is Universal studio Japan.
5 Recommended Places in Osaka
To help you decide where to go in Osaka if you are short on time, we compiled a list of the 5 best places to visit in this bustling city.
Osaka Airport Transfer
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Located in the bright and modern shopping complex of Osaka Station City, Osaka Station is the largest and busiest station in western Japan.
If Osaka is on your itinerary, Shinsekai is a very interesting neighborhood to explore. The atmosphere is somewhat retro-feeling, making you feel like you have returned to Japan at the height of the Showa period (1926-1989).
Namba is located in a district called 'Minami', which means 'south' in Japanese as this area is located in the southern part of Osaka. Namba is a known entertainment district full of colors, restaurants, neon screens, shops, and places to enjoy, and it becomes especially fun at night.
The lively entertainment area of Dotonbori is the most famous tourist destination in Osaka and famous for its striking neon lights, its extravagant signage, and the huge variety of restaurants and bars. It is located in Osaka's southern Namba area.
Danjiri Kaikan Museum in Osaka
The Danjiri Kaikan is an interactive and fun museum located in Kishiwada, Osaka, near Kishiwada Castle. It provides information and activities on the Kishiwada Danjiri Festival, which is very famous in Japan. Not only do visitors learn about the history and structure of the Danjiri (floats), but they can also watch a Danjiri Festival movie.
Osaka Danjiri Matsuri
The Danjiri Matsuri (float festival), is said to have its origin in the Inari Matsuri held in the 16th year of the Genroku era (1703). The festival was created by the Lord of Kishiwada Castle to pray for an abundant harvest, and it has from its very beginning enjoyed great local support.
The Church of the Light in Osaka
If you are interested in Japanese architecture, Tadao Ando might ring a bell for you. He is a world-famous architect who is self-educated and has a great passion and spirit toward his vocation.
The Shinto shrine "Sumiyoshi Taisha" was founded in 211, being one of the oldest shrines in all of Japan. It is dedicated to Sumiyoshi sanjin.
Imamiya Ebisu Shrine
Shinto shrine Imamiya Ebisu (colloquially called "Ebessan") is the most famous among the small shrines of Osaka. It is located in the centrally located Naniwa district
Umeda Sky Building
The city of Osaka is recognized, together with Tokyo, as one of the most modern cities in the world. As one of the best examples of architectural beauty combined with state-of-the-art technology, there is the Umeda Sky Building tower, located only a short distance away from Osaka station.
The Osaka Castle was constructed by the Commander Toyotomi Hideyoshi as his military base who completed military unification more 400 years ago.
Local Foods of Osaka
To Japanese people, Osaka is known as the capital of gastronomy. There are some dishes that were born and bred in Osaka and spread out into the rest of the country from here, and there are also some dishes that are also known in Tokyo, but the Osakans have made their very own version of it.